A fashion designer who fled Ukraine when the war started, got some help from a supermodel this week to make her American dream come true.
Famed model Carol Alt strutted the catwalk for free to close out designer Nizie Emirshah’s show at downtown’s Angel Orensanz space.
“I heard her story and wanted to help,” Alt tells Page Six. “It was an amazing story of survival and hard knocks, grabbing yourself by the bootstraps and pulling yourself up.”
Emirshah — a member of the ethnic Tatar minority in Crimea — tells us she left her homeland over a year ago after Russia invaded.
“Before this I had work there, I had a studio where we made clothes, collections, orders and now I have to build everything here in America,” Emirshah says.
Her family is still in Ukraine, as is as her original design team.
“I am not really sure where [my former team is] and how they are,” she tells us. “Someone doesn’t have a phone number, someone is lost. It’s wartime. Some cities went under, were totally bombed. It’s complicated to know what happened to everybody. I can’t believe it’s happening, but it’s a fact.”
Emirshah, who has shown internationally, has been trying to reassemble her life. She says she has always worked in fashion, and that it “is the dream of my life. I think I am here with a reason.”
She remains optimistic despite it all.
“I believe in America, everything is possible,” she tells us. “I believe in the American dream.”
Emirshah’s show opened Art Hearts Fashion, which helps emerging designers. She has also been assisted by Fashion News Live founder, Rocco Leo Gaglioti, who has been sponsoring her.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Alt, who strutted her stuff in a black satin dress, tells us, “We are living in a tough, hard, world and inspirational stories like this help you through your daily life. You need inspiration and to see people who are fighting harder wars than you are fighting. And they make it.”
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